Ukraine Independence Monument

Each year, UWM at Washington County presents a community lecture series that focuses on a different country. 

Faculty experts and professionals share their knowledge with lectures that dive into related topics.

2023: Understanding Ukraine

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

September 27 – November 8, 2023

Admission is free, and no registration is required. All presentations are at the UWM at Washington County campus and begin at 6:30 p.m. (unless noted otherwise).

September 27: Ukraine: The Bloodlands of Freedom
Speaker: Prof. Andrey Ivanov, UW-Platteville
Location: Theatre on the Hill

October 4: A Tale of Two Information Wars: Russia v. Ukraine in 2014 and 2022
Speaker: Prof. Maria Haigh, UW-Milwaukee
Location: Room 201

October 11: U.S. National Security and the War in Ukraine
Speaker:  Prof. Steven Redd, UW-Milwaukee
Location: Room 201

October 18: Translation of Self Across Cultures and Languages: My Journey as a Transcultural Person
Speaker: Prof. Ruslana Westerlund, Bethel University
Location: Room 201

November 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Ukranian Culture Past and Present
An Evening of Dance and Culture with the Dnipro Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Milwaukee
Location: Theatre on the Hill

Previous Lectures

2023: Focus on Russia

February 23: Binge Watching the Past: Russian History and Russia Today
Speaker: Dr. Christine Evans, UWM History Department
Watch the recording here!

March 2: Public Opinion in Putin’s Russia
Speaker: Dr. Ora John E. Reuter, UWM Political Science Department
Watch the recording here!

March 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Music and Power
Speaker: Dr. Karen Evans-Romaine, Professor of Russian, UW-Madison
Watch the recording here!

March 16: The Art and Artifice of Early Soviet Propaganda
Speaker: Graeme Reid, Director of Collections, MOWA
Watch the recording here!

2019: Focus on France

Sept. 25: Overview of France with Guillaume Lacroix, consul general of France.
Watch the video.

Oct. 2: French Culture and Food with Lawrence A. Kuiper, associate professor of French, UW-Milwaukee.
Watch the video.

Oct. 9: French Firms Doing Business in Wisconsin. A panel discussion with Andrea Jett Fletcher, executive director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago; Delphine Laporterie Domenget, director of human resources for the Manitou Group; Janice Lampron, executive assistant for the Lesaffre Yeast Corp.; and Severine Zaslavski, senior information technology executive for Manpower Group.
Watch the video.

Oct. 16: French Criminal Justice System with attorney and author Ken Farmer.
Watch the video.

Oct. 23: Underbelly of Impressionism with Graeme Reid, director of collections & exhibitions, Museum of Wisconsin Art.
Watch the video.

2018: Focus on Vietnam

Sept. 26: History of Vietnam: More Than a War
Speaker: Chia Youyee Vang,
 professor of history, UW-Milwaukee
The Friends of Matt Zillig sponsored the first lecture and social.
Watch the video. (Courtesy of West Bend Community Cable TV)

Oct. 3: Religion in Vietnam
Speaker: Michael Mullooly,
 lecturer of Buddhist studies & world religion
Watch the video. (Courtesy of West Bend Community Cable TV)

Oct. 10: Doing Business in Vietnam
Speaker: Jeff Browne,
 Founder of Vietnomics
Watch the video. (Courtesy of West Bend Community Cable TV)

Oct. 17: Human Trafficking in Vietnam
Speaker: Mark Sidel, professor of law, UW-Madison

Oct. 24: Vietnam War – Panel Discussion with Vietnam Veterans
ModeratorTimothy Thering, associate professor of history, UWM at Waukesha
Panel: John Butschlick, John Kleinmaus, Richard Lindbeck